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Developing an Industry 4.0 framework : implications for the role of line managers

Krüger, Lucas (2018) Developing an Industry 4.0 framework : implications for the role of line managers.

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Abstract:This paper explores the definition and components of Industry 4.0 as it seems to be a topic of much uncertainty and diversity. It does so to understand the effect of Industry 4.0 on the role of line managers. The research focuses on the EU and the streams of research that can be identified from the different member states. This paper discusses international literature in form of a matrix and a framework. As not much literature is available on the role of line managers in Industry 4.0, HR-expert interviews are conducted to learn more about this topic. The framework shows us that literature can be divided in four streams which discuss the technological, social, competitive and structural effects of Industry 4.0. On basis of this knowledge the experts evaluated the role of line managers as growing in complexity while it will experience support by the new technologies. In specific, Industry 4.0 is predicted to support line managers in tasks such as communication, leadership, giving feedback and decisionmaking. The findings of this paper will help companies with the preparation for and implementation of Industry 4.0. In addition to providing a clear definition and components of Industry 4.0, findings about the future tasks of line managers can be useful for recommending actions to companies concerning the training and teaching of competencies.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75440
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